Johnson becomes third Titan invited to AFC Pro Bowl roster

Friday, January 14, 2011 at 4:42pm
Staff reports

Chris Johnson’s numbers dropped during the 2010 regular season but his place among the top players in football was reaffirmed Friday.

Johnson was named to the Pro Bowl as a replacement for Jacksonville’s Maurice Jones-Drew, who will not take part because of an injury.

The Tennessee Titans’ running back also played in the league’s annual all-star game following the 2008 and 2009 seasons. In replacing Jones-Drew, he became the Titans’ first player since defensive end Jevon Kearse (1999-2001) to earn a Pro Bowl invitation in each of his first three seasons.

Johnson finished fourth in the NFL with 1,364 rushing yards and was tied for sixth with 11 rushing touchdowns as the Titans went 6-10 and missed out on the playoffs for the second consecutive season. His eight games of 100 rushing yards or more were tied for most in the league.

Those numbers paled in comparison to the previous season, when he ran for 2,006 and scored 14 rushing touchdowns. They still were better than those amassed by Jones-Drew (1,324 yards, five touchdowns), who missed the final two weeks with the same knee injury that ultimately kept him out of the Pro Bowl.

Defensive end Jason Babin and return specialist Marc Mariani were named to the initial Pro Bowl rosters.

That means the Titans will have at least three representatives in the game for the fourth straight season.

The Pro Bowl will be played Jan 30 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

4 Comments on this post:

By: earlyx on 1/14/11 at 4:18

YO, YO, YO !! Gold Grills and Coupe DeVille's homie!!!

By: serr8d on 1/15/11 at 10:34

This may not be a good thing.

I was hoping the Pro Bowl snub would diminish CJ's monstrous ego just a bit.

By: bfra on 1/15/11 at 1:18

serr - Johnson has a lot to be proud of! Can you play his position better?

By: jwk6179 on 1/15/11 at 1:41

The PROBLEM with Chris Johnson is that he is more concerned with HIS OWN STATS than he is with the TEAMS STATS. He was more upset about being left off the AFC Pro Bowl team when it was first announced than he was with the Titans getting knocked out of the playoffs. And not once during the off season did he state that his goal was to HELP the TITANS get to the SUPER BOWL. No, THE ONLY STATEMENTS HE WAS MAKING WAS HE WAS GOING TO BE THE FIRST PLAYER IN NFL HISTORY TO RUSH FOR 2500 YARDS IN ONE SEASON!!!